Love the vibe at sophisticated, charming Newport Beach
This gracious city boasts the biggest recreational harbour on the west coast of the USA, plus a fantastic beach providing a full ten miles of brilliant fishing, swimming, surfing and water sports. Steeped in history with ten distinct and very different neighbourhoods to explore, natural beauty is also high on the agenda. If you're looking for a chilled, mellow California experience, this is the perfect intimate seashore oasis.
Newport Beach is famous as one of the USA's Top 10 Best Family Beaches.
So what is there to do in sunny, mild, friendly Newport Beach? There's something for everyone, something for every taste, from charmingly basic and simple to the ultimate in luxury.
The Balboa Fun Zone, stuffed with arcades with a big wheel and 'ExplorOcean' attraction
Two Newport Beach piers, Balboa and Newport pier
Jetpack America for thrilling James Bond-style flights aboard the world's first water-powered jetpacks
Add a spot of luxury retail therapy and excellent night life and you'll acquire the full flavour of this gorgeous place in all its lively, easygoing vibrancy.
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Romantic sunset cruises. Professional surfing lessons. Wine tasting and leisurely harbour-front strolls, wonderful restaurants, sleek boutiques, harbour-front promenades and endless soft sands are yours. Sea, sun and culture rub shoulders in this lovely place where life is good, the people are friendly and the sea itself sits at the warm beating heart of the city's culture. Try these for starters.
Shakespeare by the sea – an annual homage to the world's greatest playwright
Newport Beach wine and food festival
The city's annual Lobsterfest plus unforgettable Blue Whale watching
Variety is the spice of life at Laguna Beach. Sample the sea and sand, the arts scene and the excellent food and drink and you'll have drawn yourself a small but perfectly formed picture of the many pleasures it delivers.
Many of the larger resorts offer complete day spa packages — some up to 10 hours long — designed to completely refresh your mind, body and spirit.
Newport Beach Vineyards and Winery. Seaside cycle, electric bike and segway rentals. Sport fishing and whale watching, a majestic sight you'll remember forever. Ride the waves with some of the coolest surf dudes and chicks on the planet. Or take a classic yacht excursion. The ocean sits at the heart of this attractive city, measuring your time here with the gentle lap of waves and roar of the surf. After a day outdoors in the invigorating sea air, enjoying the delightful climate, you can spend your evenings and late nights getting up close and intimate with the excellent nightlife. Expect an intoxicating high energy late-night blend of bars and clubs plus a host of superb restaurants.
There are numerous fascinating boardwalks, bike routes and hiking trails to explore. You can head for the remarkable Fashion Island for top class retail therapy complete with enough bargains to keep you rummaging happily for hours on end. They even have professional personal shoppers available at no charge to help you spend as many of Uncle Sam's greenbacks as you can! Visit the excellent Corona del Mar Farmer’s Market for glorious fresh local produce every Saturday. Or head for the Certified Farmer’s Market in the Lido Village, a favourite with locals and visitors alike.
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